& Moira Bianchi: Fairy Tales secrets you should know

quinta-feira, 27 de julho de 2023

Fairy Tales secrets you should know

 hello, welcome to this 3rd post exploring Fairy Tales.

In this one we're going deep into the secrets that you should know about the REAL story and the COMERCIAL version, you've been fed.

Let's dive into it!

Fairy tales have a rich history and have been passed down through generations, often undergoing changes and adaptations over time.

 Here are some insights into the original versions of well-known fairy tales including dark points of original versions and how it was sugared to fit children's audiences:

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The most famous version of Cinderella is the one by Charles Perrault, titled "Cendrillon," published in 1697. In this French version, Cinderella receives help from a fairy godmother and attends a ball where she loses her glass slipper. The Grimm Brothers also collected a German version titled "Aschenputtel."

Dark Point: In the original versions, the stepsisters cut off parts of their feet to fit into the glass slipper, resulting in bloodshed.

Sugared Version: In modern retellings, the stepsisters simply try on the shoe without self-harm, making the ending less gruesome.


Little Red Riding Hood

The earliest known version of Little Red Riding Hood can be traced back to the 10th century, with various retellings across Europe. The story was collected and popularized by Charles Perrault as "Le Petit Chaperon Rouge" in 1697. The Brothers Grimm also included their own version in "Grimm's Fairy Tales."

Dark Point: In some original versions, Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother are devoured by the wolf, with no happy ending.

Sugared Version: In modern versions, a heroic figure often saves Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother from the wolf's belly including an irrealistic tone to the story and breaking the warnings of consequences for one's actions.


Snow White

The well-known version of Snow White is popularized by the Brothers Grimm in their collection "Grimm's Fairy Tales," first published in 1812. However, similar stories have been found in various cultures around the world for centuries.

Dark Point: In the original Grimm version, the evil queen is forced to dance to death in red-hot iron shoes at Snow White's wedding.

Sugared Version: Many adaptations omit this dark punishment for the queen, opting for a less violent resolution albeit almost always including death.

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Sleeping Beauty

The story of Sleeping Beauty has various origins, with different versions found in different cultures. Charles Perrault's version titled "La Belle au bois dormant" was published in 1697, while the Grimm Brothers included a variant called "Briar Rose" in their collection.

Dark Point: In earlier versions, the king impregnates Sleeping Beauty while she's unconscious, and she wakes up after giving birth.

Sugared Version: Modern adaptations tend to skip this disturbing detail, focusing more on the romance and the curse-breaking kiss.

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Beauty and the Beast

The most famous version of "Beauty and the Beast" was written by French novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve and published in 1740. The story has been retold and adapted numerous times since then.

Dark Point: In the original version, Beauty's sisters are jealous and plot to keep her away from the Beast, but their fate is grim.

Sugared Version: Some adaptations tone down the sisters' negative behavior and provide them with more redeeming qualities.

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Hansel and Gretel

"Hansel and Gretel" is a German fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm in 1812. It tells the story of two siblings who get lost in the woods and encounter a wicked witch in a gingerbread house.

Dark Point: The original story includes abandonment by their parents, captivity by a cannibalistic witch, and trickery to cook and eat Hansel.

Sugared Version: Modern retellings often soften the parents' role and the wickedness of the witch, making it less gruesome and dark.

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The Little Mermaid

The original version of "The Little Mermaid" was written by Hans Christian Andersen and first published in 1837. Unlike the Disney adaptation, Andersen's version is more bittersweet, with the mermaid sacrificing herself for love.

Dark Point: In the original Andersen version, the mermaid suffers excruciating pain with every step she takes after becoming human.

Sugared Version: Some adaptations omit or downplay this aspect, focusing more on romance and sacrifice.

Fairy tales have multiple versions and variations from different cultures and authors. Over time, these stories have been adapted and modified to suit various audiences and cultural preferences.

Many classic fairy tales have undergone simplification or sugarcoating over time to make them more suitable for children or to align with cultural norms and values. I've analyzed these in another post.

And of course, these changes have been made for various reasons, such as cultural sensibilities and the desire to create more child-friendly narratives. However, some modern retellings also explore the darker aspects of these tales, providing a balance between the whimsical and the more haunting elements.


In essence, by understanding the psychological underpinnings of these stories, we gain a deeper appreciation for their enduring appeal and the profound influence they have on our lives.

So, what do you think?

Check out the other posts on this subject:
Fairy Tales secrets you need to know
Fairy tales for kids or for adults

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